Hey everyone! So a few weeks ago, I had a post-op appointment at Seattle Children’s, it wasn’t any old post-op, this time the appointment was paired with something much bigger. The unveiling of the EOS System, which is a low- radiation x-ray machine. It gives out the same amount of radiation as if you were walking in the sun. The money from the National Make A Difference Day Award was the first of the money to start the funding for the EOS, and with our project in the fall of 2015 we brought in an additional $15,000. My family, grandparents and a few close friends drove over to Seattle to unveil the EOS System. After of a morning of an x-ray or two (not in the EOS yet) and meeting with my amazing surgeon, Dr. Mosca, we headed to a conference room with various refreshments, even a cake with my face on it! I thought that was pretty cool. I was so excited to see my Orthopedics family - my doctors, my nurses, administration and people from the Seattle Children’s Foundation.
The awesome people from Evening Magazine were there to interview me and to record the ribbon cutting ceremony! My friend Katie, who works at the Foundation Office, told me she had a surprise for me! I remember being nervous and anxious until a familiar face showed up on the screen. Chris Pratt!! Chris sent me a video congratulating me on my accomplishment and that he was proud and inspired by me. It was the COOLEST surprise and was the highlight of the day. As I was trying to get my heart rate back to normal after the video, Katie said it was time to go down to the actual EOS machine location! I was so excited! I wheeled myself behind the camera man, Jose, as he taped me. After what felt like forever we made it to the EOS room. I remember parking my chair, and walking nervously along the outer wall of the room and slowly turning into the room. It was so cool! The EOS took up most all of the room, but there was a wall with glass for the control area too. It had a blue ribbon strung across the entrance to the system. I stood there with my doctor, Dr. Mosca, who has done five of my knee surgeries, and was honored to cut the ribbon! It was the coolest feeling in the world to know that the projects were able to bring this technology to so many kids. Bring the EOS system to Seattle Children’s was and will forever be one of the greatest moments of my life.
Check out the story from King 5 Evening: http://www.king5.com/entertainment/television/programs/evening/young-girl-raises-thousands-of-dollars-for-seattle-childrens/431338367
And from Seattle Children's : http://pulse.seattlechildrens.org/makenna-raises-25k-to-provide-safe-x-rays-to-kids-like-her/